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Dhoni Stella I & II

Dhoni Stella I & II are two charming Maldivian traditional luxury dhonis available for private charter only, each vessel has two cabin-suites and guests are free to design their own cruise.

A word from Dom: “These two boutique liveaboards are perfect for a private charter, a family or small group of friends. They are the ideal platform for divers & non-divers to explore the Maldives. ” Dominick Macan

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On Board Dhoni Stella I & II

CABIN TYPES – STELLA I: 1 main deck DOUBLE cabin; 1 king bed & large view windows; 1 main deck TWIN cabin; 2 twin beds (adjacent) & large view windows; All cabins have private bathrooms, individual air conditioning, storage space, TV & DVD.
CABIN TYPES – STELLA II: 2 main deck DOUBLE / TWIN / TRIPLE cabins; 1 queen bed + single day-bed & large windows; All cabins have private bathrooms, individual air conditioning, storage space, TV & DVD.

up up to 3 dives per day all from the main vessel
12 liter alu tanks
scuba gear rental (by advance request)
water temperature: 78 – 82F, 25 – 28C … 3mm wetsuit recommended

accommodation & meals
meals, snacks, water, tea & coffee
compressed air, tanks, weights & weight belts
wifi where possible

international & domestic airfare
alcoholic beverages
scuba diving rental gear (by advance request)
Green Tax & possible fuel surcharge

Traditional Classic Design

Dhoni Stella I & II are a delightful combination of classic and modern styles. You can follow a prescribed itinerary or design your own, choosing destinations and activities which best suite you. With only you and your family or friends on board …. this is your private charter. Dhoni Stella I takes 4 people in 2 cabins but Dhoni Stella II can accommodate 6 in her 2 cabins.

There’s sun space with loungers on the top decks which can be covered or uncovered … and can be transformed to a dining area in the evening when seas are calm.

This deck lies just above the open-air restaurant area on the main deck (protective canvas curtains are available should weather be inclement). The cabins are all on the main deck A platform at the rear of the boat is used for diving & snorkeling access. Each boat also has a small dingy that is used for visiting islands or fishing in the evening.

Travel & Cruise Logistics

Most of the trips begin and end in Male and the closest airport is Male Intl (MLE) from the other domestic airports or from some selected resorts. Pick-up time at the airport is according to your flights. Give yourself enough time to go through immigration and pick up your luggage. At the exit of the terminal a crew member will meet and escort you to the Dhoni Stella I or II.

Your last dives will be on the second to last day in the morning. Dhoni Stella docks back in Male in the evening on the second to last day and disembarkation is the following morning. Guests will then be transferred to Male airport.

This schedule is altered for Deep South trips which include a domestic flight one way. Full info for these trips is available upon request.

Layout & Specs

Deck & cabin layout, the yacht specifications, equipment & safety features


Length: 73 feet / 22.1 meters
Year Built: 2006
Refit: 2017
Sleeping Guests: 6
Cruising Speed: 8 kts / 14.8 km/h
Beam: 29 feet / 8.9 meters
Builder: Fairline
Stabilisers: None
Draft: 7 ft 10 in / 2.4 meters
Flag: Maldives


Captain: 1
Crew: 3



Engines: Yanmar 190hp
Water maker


Beach umbrella
Book library
Deck shower
Fishing gear – light
Sun loungers
Swim platform
DVD library
DVD player all cabins
MP3 music server
TV all cabins


Boston Whaler tender 17 feet / 5.30 meters – 15hp engine
8 Scuba tanks
5 Bouyancy compensators
5 Regulators
2 Compressors
Diving by arrangement, if accompanied
Snorkelling gear & wetsuits


Satellite phone



On Dhoni Stella I & II take your pick of the Maldivian atolls: North Male, South Male, Rasdhoo, Ari, Felidhe, Meemu, Dhaalu, Laamu, Baa…and more.  Itinerary choices are yours to make together with the Dhoni Stella captain who will advise depending on the prevailing weather conditions at the time..

The final itinerary is, of course, always dependent upon weather, sea conditions and where the best animal sightings are at any particular time of year.

Sample itinerary information (4 nights, 7 nights, 10 or 14 nights)

Maldives – Central Atolls … The Best of the Maldives itinerary will dive the most famous dive sites of the Maldives..
Rasdhoo Atoll: Hammerheads, beautiful reef with pelagics
North Ari Atoll: Grey reef sharks, maaya thila night dive, multiple manta cleaning stations
South Ari Atoll: Whale sharks, pinnacles
South Male Atoll: Grey reef sharks, eagle rays, other pelagics, macro wreck.
Vaavu Atoll: Beautiful channels with soft corals and pelagics.
North Male Atoll: Beautiful pinnacles.

Hanifaru & Northern Atolls… In addition to mantas,you can get close to turtles, grey reef sharks and whitetip reef sharks.
Baa Atoll: Hanifaru Bay and Nelivaru Thila, Dhiggu Thila and more
North Male Atoll: Beautiful Pinnacles, Lankan Manta Point
Lhaviyani Atoll: Fushivaru Thila, Kuredu Express, and Kuredu Caves

The South Expedition…A guaranteed adventure and lots of pelagics.

Every year, between March and April, the Dhoni yachts visit twelve of the fourteen Southern atolls during their ‘South Expedition’. You can book the yacht in exclusivity for the entire expedition or for part of it, using domestic flights to access the yacht’s location.



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